The structure of ballet pointe shoes

LAST (Shoe Last): A model for making pointe shoes. The shape of the last is based on the shape of the actor’s feet. The usual shoe last is the most important factor in the toe cap and the inner comfort of the shoe. Different shoe lasts are suitable for the size and width of a specific model.

BOX (toe toe): The toe toe is the part that covers the tip of the toe, helping the actor to stand on the tip of the toe.

VAMP (shoe upper): refers to the part from the foremost FLATFORM to the instep tie.

THROAT (shoe throat): Seen from above, this part is the part that allows the feet to be raised and flattened to show the instep.

DRQWSTRING/BINDING (lace): at the edge of the instep of the shoe upper to provide toughness to the shoe upper. Tightening the laces can make the toe fit better to the foot shape.

PLATFORM (plane): at the forefront of the toe. The actors rely on this plane to stand on their toes.

CROWN (shoe height): refers to the vertical height from the upper to the sole.

PLEATS (please): located at the bottom front of the shoe. The cloth is pleated here and embedded in the sole.

SIDE QUARTERS (shoe edge): The cloth part on the side of the shoe, stitched at the heel.

SOLE (sole): The outer leather sole is used to provide traction. The sole is sewn to the upper inside the shoe.

SHANK (shoe bone): It is the “backbone” of the entire pair of shoes. Located under the “sock line”, the bottom of the shoe is usually printed with the brand’s LOGO, such as CAPZIO (and many are printed on the outsole of the shoe, such as SANSHA). Its function is to provide support for the arch of the foot. This part is usually divided into soft and hard to suit the needs of different feet.

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